The President, Prof. Suleiman Ahmed Gulaid was at hand to receive the guest of honour alongside her team. Accompanying the president, Amoud University were Prof. Mohamed Mohamoud Jama "Derie" alongside Dr. Mohamed Muse Jibril, the Vice President, Academic Affairs, Amoud University was also at hand to receive and accompany the visiting delegation from Hargeisa to Borama. Several deans of faculties, directors of various academic and non academic units were present during the colorful event including Mohamed Osman, Dean Faculty of Agriculture and Environment together with Mohamed Heban, Head of Research and Consultancy Unit at Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Amoud University. Also represented were various NGOs that have implemented ongoing collaborative projects with Amoud University including United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), Somaliland Skills Training Association (SOSTA) and GAA. The UNDP in 2017 implemented the first and only fully funded scholarship Masters programme in Climate Change and Environment programme in which students from all areas of Somalia and Somaliland have benefited.
Dr. Laurie delivered a public lecture entitled "Wildlife Conservation in Somaliland Environment and Nomad life". In her speech, Dr. Laurie dwelt on four main points. Her first point was Ecology, a sub topic which was aimed at trying to answer the question, "where in the world do cheetahs live?". Secondly she dwelt on Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), in which she gave a history and background of CCF and further clarified the main objectives of the fund, focusing on
what it is that they do as a team and as an organization. Third item was Research and Education. Under this point Dr. Laurie posed the question, "how can CCF form collaborations and partnerships with other stakeholders" so as to achieve mutual benefits. In this sub topic she explained that Amoud University and CCF should for example be able to figure out what they can do together in a mutually beneficial manner. Such opportunities she cited, could include
perhaps collaborative research in which students undertaking Masters and PhD programmes at Amoud University would intern at the CCF cheetah Protection centre in Hargeisa. The local community could also benefit immensely through awareness of Cheetah conservation by being part of solution upon being educated through the expertise of university professors. Fourth and last sub topic, was, future activities in which she outlined various plans that CCF has
put in place going forward on how CCF can foster better education, understanding and care for Cheetahs in Somaliland and to stop any illegal wildlife trade in the animals.
While summarizing she clarified that CCF would be most interested in the following long term objectives as far as Somaliland and collaboration with Amoud University is concerned:-
- Stopping or at least deterring illegal trade in wildlife with greatest focus on the Cheetah
- Conducting field study to identify presence or absence of Cheetahs in the local environmental context
- Looking for partnerships for Amoud University to become part of the team of conservationists
- Building local capacity on animal veterinary care as it seems to be in state of serious lack
Lastly Dr. Laurie invited the audience also to take their time to read "Cheetah - Biology and Conservation" a text book which she has recently published. She promised to supply a few copies of her book for the university library to help build capacities for the university too.
Prof. Suleiman then finally gave a vote of thanks to all partner institutions that have implemented various in conjunction with the Amoud university. "Amoud University is a pioneer of higher education in Somaliland, and a pioneer in many areas of Education in Somalia and horn of Africa", he said. "We thank UNDP for the first and only fully funded scholarship of Master of Climate Change and Environmental Studies degree programme in Somaliland.", he added. "Amoud University plans to sustain the Master of Climate Change and Environmental Studies degree programme as a pertinent part of its course offerings annually upon expiry of the UNDP funding.", he said.